Topic: History

Free Markets Made Charlie Brown and Snoopy Possible

– March 2, 2023

“For humanity to flourish, we must be free to explore our full selves. Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gave us that every day for 50 years, and it would never have happened without the free market.” ~ Blake Scott Ball


Sowing the Seeds of 1776

– February 28, 2023

“In April 1768, an opinion writer known only as ‘A Farmer in Pennsylvania’ finished the last letter in a series decrying the Townshend Acts and making the case for colonial Americans’ natural rights.” ~ Guy F. Burnett


A Canadian Lesson About School Choice and Its Potential To Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities in the United States

– February 14, 2023

“The long-documented black/white differences in returns from schooling, which are similar to those observed between French and English speakers in Quebec pre-1940, could begin to recede.” ~ Vincent Geloso


The Not-So-Great Depression Diet

– February 6, 2023

“It’s a stretch to blame today’s obesity crisis on America’s second Great Reset – the vast legal and socioeconomic changes ushered in by the Depression, New Deal, and World War II – but it certainly started Americans down the wrong dietary path.” ~ Robert E. Wright


The Age of Decline

– February 6, 2023

“We enter the Age of Decline and find ourselves victims of our own success. History tells us that impoverished societies die by war and famine. Now we are learning that prosperous societies die by attrition.” ~ Antony Davies


1619 Project: A Flawed Interpretation With a Hidden Agenda (Video)

– February 5, 2023

“In this episode of Liberty Curious, Kate Wand and AIER Research and Education Director Phillip W. Magness highlight the historical flaws of the 1619 project, and explore why it excludes abolitionists like Frederick Douglass.” ~ AIER


The 1519 Project: An Antidote to Caricature?

– February 1, 2023

“To suggest that the experience of slavery is a uniquely Black, or uniquely North American phenomenon does a great injustice to the Blacks and other North Americans who came before 1619.” ~ Paul Schwennesen


Garet Garrett, the Great

– January 30, 2023

“We could easily consider his first name an anagram for what his stance against the New Deal was, g-r-e-a-t, while also recognizing that some of his views resemble a dusty old attic.” ~ Robert E. Wright


But Who Will Build the Roads: A Parable

– January 27, 2023

“Maybe, others one day will join the call once they hear how much cash could be recouped and costs and delays avoided by returning to the path once heavily traveled, the one where travelers, not Leviathan, decide how best to travel hither and thither.” ~ Robert E. Wright


Obstacles to Freedom Can Be the Way to Freedom

– January 26, 2023

“If we set our purpose to learn from obstacles, today, there is no better opportunity to choose freedom over violence. Thankfully, Read, Aurelius, and Emerson point the way; the more significant the obstacles, the greater the potential change.” ~ Barry Brownstein


On the Primacy of the Consumer-Welfare Standard

– January 21, 2023

“Production is a means; consumption is the end. The consumer-welfare standard is nothing more, nor less, than an understanding and acceptance of this fundamental economic reality.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux


The Power to Regulate Is the Power to Control

– January 19, 2023

“The ‘chilling effect’ of government censorship by corporate proxy has Americans on an icy slope that bottoms out in the sort of political slavery feared by the Founders and Framers.” ~ Robert E. Wright